National Signing Day

December 20, 2017 early national signing day period. Early national signing day gives high school athletes the ability to commit, sign and enroll early to their new school. Not only is Tigers starting quarterback Kelly Bryant a junior, but true freshman Hunter Johnson was also the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in last year’s recruiting class. Between Kelly, Johnson and now Lawrence, Clemson has an embarrassment of riches at quarterback. Clemson also signed Xavier Thomas, who’s the No. 3 overall player and No. 1 strong-side defensive end. Many talented stars have suited up in the Tigers’ front seven in recent years. Vic Beasley, Shaq Lawson, Stephone Anthony and Dexter Lawrence, so Thomas is a natural fit for head coach Dabo Swinney. “Three of the top five players… it sounds real good.”- Kagen Gilliand(11th Grade)

Alabama put the finishing touches on its 2018 signing class on Wednesday, adding five more signees to the class. The crown jewel on Wednesday was 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., who is rated as the nation’s No. 1 player at his position. Surtain chose the Crimson Tide over LSU. The Tigers led for over a year in Surtain’s recruitment. The Tide signed 14 early signees back in December and added signatures from Surtain, 4-star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, 3-star cornerback Eddie Smith, 3-star tight end Michael Parker and 3-star linebacker Jaylen Moody. Alabama missed on several targets on Wednesday such as 4-star defensive end Malik Langham and 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland, who signed with Florida, 4-star wide receiver Justyn Ross, who signed with Clemson and 3-star tight end Glenn Beal, who signed with Texas A&M. Alabama also lost two commits to flips, as Quay Walker ended up choosing Georgia and Bobby Brown chose Texas A&M. ”Even though we didn’t have the best recruiting class, we`ll still be in the ship.”- Garrison Earnest(11th Grade)

If there’s been one problem that’s been glaring with Texas in their recent down years, it’s been their defense. However, they are clearly looking to rectify that with the amount of talent that they are bringing in on that side of the ball in this recruiting class. Caden Sterns and BJ Foster are the No. 1 and 3 safety prospects in the entire class according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings and both will be suiting up for the Longhorns. Meanwhile, they also are bringing in the No. 6 cornerback in the class in Jalen Green. And just so the offense isn’t left out, they have another big weapon coming in with Brennan Eagles, the 10th best wideout in the class. When it comes to the national picture, however, Texas is enjoying its most prominent recruiting haul since the Mack Brown era. With his first full recruiting cycle at Texas now complete, Herman’s 2018 class provides the program with the nation’s No. 3-ranked incoming class, trailing only Georgia and Ohio. To find the Longhorns last top 3 class, one would have to reflect on Brown’s final full recruiting class in Austin, a No. 2-ranked unit in 2012. “Hook em horns.”- Zeke Altman(Graduated)

Nearly every member of the 2018 recruiting class is a blue-chip prospect according to multiple recruiting services, and several, like defensive tackle Taron Vincent, safety Tyreke Johnson, and center Matthew Jones, are the best, or near the best in the country at their respective positions. This class solidifies elite talent at every position group at Ohio State, and will put them in a position to potentially compete for championships over the coming years. While this list of Ohio State’s biggest misses may not be in order, I think it’s safe to say that 5-star tackle Jackson Carman tops the list for the Buckeyes. Carman, Ohio’s No. 1 player in 2018, the No. 2 tackle in the country (behind Buckeye signee Nicholas Petit-Frere), and the No. 17 player overall, was regarded as a must-get recruit in-state for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. He was regarded as a priority target from very early on in his recruitment and Ohio State poured an enormous amount of time and resources into pursuing Carman. To lose Carman to Clemson, a program that does not traditionally recruit Ohio well and that has emerged as a foe for Ohio State on the national stage and in its championship pursuit, it`s a big body blow for the Buckeyes. “We were the first team to win the CFP and we`ll be the next.” -Jay Perrault(11th Grade)

Penn State’s group includes three five-stars who signed during the new Early Signing Period in December, defensive end Micah Parsons, receiver Justin Shorter, and running back Ricky Slade. Parsons might be the best speed-rushing end in the class. Shorter is ranked the No. 1 receiver on the Composite, a dizzying blend of route running, speed, hands, and size. Slade is a classic speed back with a bit of power to his game, elusive enough to be good as a true freshman. The offensive line haul that’ll block for Slade and make time for Shorter’s QB is great, too. It has two elite tackles in Nana Asiedu and Signing Day commitment Rasheed Walker, who liked the Lions enough to pick them over Ohio State. The class is heavier on defense than offense, which is quite a thing to say about a class that has two five-star skill players. The Lions added a couple other blue-chip defensive linemen to go with Parsons, including gap-plugging tackle P.J. Mustipher. Another end, Jayson Oweh, would get more attention in a class that didn’t also have Parsons. The class includes a couple of blue-chip inside linebackers from Pennsylvania, Jesse Luketa and Nick Tarburton. The class is lightest in the secondary, but PSU has lots of returning talent there. “Didn’t get Justin Fields.”-Mitchell Wright(11th Grade)

As heartbreaking as the loss to Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship might have been, there was a bright side. With the talent Kirby Smart has been amassing with his recruiting classes, that seemed like the first of many regular trips to the CFP. It stars with the offensive backfield, landing QB Justin Fields relatively early in the process, and keeping him. The running back tandem of James Cook and Zamir White are almost the prospects that Fields is, and they’re more than good enough to potentially start right away. Jamaree Salyer is a next-level guard, Cade Mays has NFL upside at tackle, and the stars just keep on coming. From the defensive end twosome of Brenton Cock and Adam Anderson, both prototype pass rushing talents to all the excellent tackles, the line is going to be a killer again. The defensive backs are a bit light in terms of big prospects, but especially after getting top corner Tyson Campbell for one of the jobs. “Number one in the nation, GOOOOOOO DAWGS BABY.”-Chris Carroll(11th Grade)

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